State College of Florida tennis player Chloe Murphy won a national singles title on Saturday at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association in Mobile, Ala.
Murphy, a native of Liverpool, England, and a transfer from Seminole State College, defeated Tyler (Texas) Junior College’s Fausthy Pietersz 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 in the Junior College Division final.
The ITA comprises four small-school divisions: NCAA Division II and III, NAIA and junior college. After winning the juco title, Murphy competed in the Super Bowl, which pits the champions of each division against each other. She fell 6-4, 6-3 to the NAIA champion, Tiffany William, of Auburn-Montgomery.
Murphy and playing partner Lai Wei finished second in the juco doubles bracket, dropping a 6-3, 6-4 decision to Tyler’s Pietersz and Nelo Phiri.
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TRI-COUNTY MEET — Lakewood Ranch’s Danielle Valley won a pair of events to lead the Mustangs girls to a second-place finish at Selby Aquatic Center in Sarasota.
Valley won the 200- and 500-yard freestyle events. She finished in one minute, 51.96 seconds in the 200 and in 4:54.53 in the 500.
Lakewood Ranch scored 300 points, a distant second behind Riverview (580). The Rams also won the boys team event with 413 points. Punta Gorda Charlotte was second with 284 points. Lakewood Ranch finished fourth with 233.
Ellie Berdusco led Saint Stephen’s by finishing second behind Valley in both of her victories. Berdusco turned in a time of 1:52.96 in the 200 and 4:57.78 in the 500.
Valley swam on two relay teams that finished second. The 200 medley relay team of Sydney Panzarino, Shannon McCarthy, Madison Jean and Valley finished in 1:58.99 behind Riverview. The same four girls swam on a 400 freestyle relay team that was second behind Riverview in 3:45.60.
The Lakewood Ranch boys had two second-place relays. Will Kazokas, Jay Cho, Johnathan Chaires and Eric Erlenmeyer finished the 200 medley relay in 1:45.01 behind Riverview, and the 200 freestyle relay team of Cho, Kevin Berkenbusch, Chaires and Luke Hanner was second in 1:34.93. Riverview won the event.
Hanner finished second in the 200 freestyle in 1:45.51.
Braden River diver Allison Lindfors also turned in a second place with a score of 131.90.
Saint Stephen’s also got a fourth-place finish in the 200 freestyle relay. Berdusco, Kristi and Lauri Schleicher and Kristen Brockett recorded a season-best time of 1:48.66. The same girls finished in the top five in the 400 freestyle relay in 3:59.77.
Harris Dunlap paced the Saint Stephen’s boys by finishing fourth in the 100 freestyle in 53.06 seconds.
ST. PETERSBURG NORTHSIDE CHRISTIAN INVITATIONAL — The Out-of-Door Academy Thunder split a pair of matches to finish third in the second day of competition.
ODA (9-7) fell to eventual champion Orlando Orangewood 25-13, 23-25, 25-22, 25-21 in the opener. Lauren Maxey had 11 kills and 11 perfect passes, and Natalie Buffett had 10 kills for the Thunder. Emily Greenwood contributed six kills and four blocks.
Maxey, who made the all-tournament team, led ODA to a 25-20, 25-19,17-25, 25-18 victory over host Northside Christian in the final match. She had 15 kills, while Natalie Buffett chipped in with 14. Bagriella Costa had six kills and six blocks, and Emma Henson had 17 perfect passes.
— Herald staff reports